Michelin’s decade of innovation and success in motorsport

In the course of the past 10 years, Michelin’s increasingly sophisticated, energy-efficient, consistent and, now, connected tyres collected more than 300 world-class victories in disciplines as varied as MotoGP, endurance racing, rallying and Formula E. 

Michelin’s first Formula 1 world titles

In 1979, Michelin demonstrated the superiority of its radial tyre technology by claiming the first of its titles in the Formula 1 World Championship. Forty years on, the French firm continues to see motorsport as a means to innovate and take its technologies forward, especially in competitions that place the accent on sustainable mobility and lasting performance. 

2014 Dakar: A fourth Dakar triumph for Coma (KTM-Michelin)

After being forced to sit out the 2013 Dakar because of a shoulder injury, Marc Coma (KTM-Michelin) bounced straight back to the top to collect his fourth victory on this year’s event. His support rider Jordi Viladoms and Olivier Pain (Yamaha Factory Racing-Michelin) joined him on the podium, while Cyril Despres (Yamaha Factory Racing-Michelin) was fourth.

It was the fifth day of this year’s Dakar that saw Coma deal a decisive knock-out blow thanks to some faultless navigation between Chilecito and Tucuman, while his rivals went astray. The stage win took him to the top of the order for the first time since the start and nobody succeeded in threatening his domination thereafter.

The Catalonian was fastest again on Legs 9 and 11, and survived to pick up his fourth Dakar victory in Valparaiso, Chile, today. “It’s an emotional moment for me and I want to savour it with all those who have helped me,” he said at the finish. “It took a lot of sacrifices and hard work to achieve this.”

As in 2013, he was joined on the podium by his support rider Jordi Viladoms who made it a one-two finish for KTM and Michelin. Olivier Pain’s excellent fortnight was rewarded with third place, his best Dakar result so far. He was also the best-placed Yamaha rider at the finish, ahead of this year’s favourite Cyril Despres.

The Frenchman suffered a variety of mechanical troubles and also took a one-hour penalty for missing a Way Point, which made it impossible for him to challenge for a sixth Dakar success after his switch to a new employer. Even so, he refused to throw in the towel and survived to salvage fourth spot, helped by three stage wins, including today’s (La Serena-Valparaiso).

Helder Rodrigues (Honda) had to settle for fifth overall, ahead of Poland’s Kuba Przygonski (KTM-Michelin). Joan Barreda (Honda-Michelin), winner of four stages this year, hit ill luck on the penultimate day. Just as second place appeared to a foregone conclusion, he fell and broke his fork 25km from the finish, falling back to seventh overall in the process.

Michelin runners won 12 of this year’s 13 stages and the French tyre maker went on to win the event for the 31st time.

Leg 13 – Positions:

1, Despres (Yamaha-Michelin). 2, Barreda (Honda-Michelin), +2m30s. 3, Pain (Yamaha-Michelin), +3m10s. 4, Rodrigues (Honda), +3m53s. 5, Pedredo (Sherco-Michelin), +4m5s. Etc.

Final overall positions:

1, Coma (KTM-Michelin). 2, Viladoms (KTM-Michelin), +1h52m27s. 3, Pain (Yamaha-Michelin), +2h0m3s. 4, Despres (Yamaha-Michelin), +2h5m38s. 5, Rodrigues (Honda), +2h11m9s. Etc.


FIA WRC - Rallye Monte-Carlo - Racecard

The 2020 FIA World Rally Championship gets underway with one of the most iconic and demanding events for the tyres, Rallye Monte-Carlo. Click on the photo to download our racecard!

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Formula E: Santiago glory for Max Günther

The 2020 Santiago E-Prix in Chile saw Maximilian Gunther score his maiden Formula E victory at the wheel of his Michelin Pilot Sport-equipped BMW iFE.20.


Toyota/Michelin claim 1st and 2nd places in Bahrain

Toyota Gazoo Racing dominated the last FIA WEC race of the year to collect first and second places in Bahrain with the N°7 (Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez) and N°8 (Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley) Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids. The French tyre firm topped the order in the other three classes, too, with the N°22 United Autosports Oreca-Gibson (LMP2), N°95 Aston Martin (LMGTE Pro) and N°57 Porsche (LMGTE Am).


Monte Carlo 1966: Citroën and Michelin win another ‘duel of ’66’…

James Mangold’s film ‘Le Mans 1966’ starring Matt Damon et Christian Bale relates how Ford succeeded in thwarting mighty Ferrari at Le Mans. Earlier the same year, Citroën and Michelin finished on top after a thrilling duel on another legendary event – the Rallye Monte-Carlo.

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